Best weather apps for 2022
Whenever I plan to go somewhere, the first thing I look at is the weather forecast. If you like to plan your adventures in advance, you’ll need a good weather app to help you out. There’s nothing worse than a trip ruined by bad weather. The provided weather apps can help us prepare and plan our lives and events accordingly, and they do more than just tell us what to expect in terms of weather over the next seven days. Depending on the weather app you choose, you can get forecasts months out, as well as humidity levels and rainfall totals, among other information. There’s a lot to consider when choosing a weather app; it’s not just a choose-and-forget offer. That’s why we tested and selected the best weather apps for 2022.
Any third-party weather app — like ones not built into your phone — poses a risk because it works using location data and sometimes asks for permissions it doesn’t actually need. A number of weather apps, including those from The Weather Channel, AccuWeather and WeatherBug, have been criticized or sued for.
The built-in Weather app on your iPhone (which uses data from The Weather Channel) or the Google Weather app on your Android might not be perfect, but if you’re already in those device ecosystems, they have anyway of your current location information. If you want to be even safer, check the weather manually in your internet browser or other device.
One of the best weather apps for iOS and Android, The Weather Channel app offers local hourly, daily and weekly forecasts, plus a “Feels like” feature to let you know what to prepare for when you leave the home. Owned by IBM, the app also offers real-time rain alerts with radar and the ability to track seasonal allergies, flu risk and COVID-19 cases. The app is free to download, but ads are more apparent here than on some others. You can remove them by upgrading to the premium version for $10 per year or $1 per month.
Weather Underground offers hyper-local forecasts for your neighborhood, plus interactive radar, satellite maps, and severe weather alerts. On the home page, you’ll see the current temperature, actual feel, daily highs and lows, precipitation and wind information, and a radar map. If you tap on “more” you will find information on humidity, dew point, visibility, UV index and flu outbreaks. Scroll down to find hourly and weekly forecasts, air quality index, sunrise and sunset times, and tabs that take you to weather forecast news and videos.
Like The Weather Channel, Weather Underground is also owned by IBM. The app is free, but you can upgrade to a premium ad-free version for $20 per year or $4 per month, which also includes detailed visual forecasts for up to 15 days.
When you open AccuWeather, you’ll see a snapshot of today’s weather, in terms of current conditions, “RealFeel” temperature in sun or shade, UV index and wind speed, as well as an overview of the next day. You also have the option to choose whether you want the weather app to tell you to bring a jacket or an umbrella. Keep scrolling and you’ll see the different allergy levels (like tree, grass, and ragweed pollen) broken down for the day. At the top, you’ll have the option to check hourly and daily temperatures, as well as a radar map. There is also a news tab where you can watch short news videos.
You can upgrade the app for a one-time $4 fee to remove ads and get an additional 10 days of forecasts.
One of the best paid weather apps in the Play Store, the $10 RadarScope app is aimed at the most serious weather enthusiasts and meteorologists. It gives you access to NEXRAD Level 3 and super-resolution radar data, as well as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash floods and special marine warnings. If you really like tracking weather conditions, this app is for you.
If you upgrade to a Pro Tier 1 subscription ($10 per year), you’ll have access to real-time, gridless lightning data, expanded radar loops, and inspection tools to better investigate radar imagery . A Pro Tier 2 subscription ($15 per month or $100 per year) will also give you that, along with archived radar data for the last 30 days, tools that help you predict where there might be a tornado, the size of hail and probably local news and information. National Weather Service storm reports.
In terms of privacy, RadarScope operates under the policy established by parent company DTN. The company says it doesn’t sell information to third parties, which makes sense since this is an app you pay for. It uses Google Analytics and Eloqua web monitoring, as well as AdRoll for advertising, but you can opt out of them all.
Dark Sky has a simple interface: its homepage displays the temperature and the temperature feels like it, and gives a list of forecasts for the rest of the day or night. Scroll down to find a forecast for the rest of the week and to access past or future weather and forecasts for your area.
Dark Sky differentiates itself with an interactive world map feature that lets you zoom in and out of various countries, states, and cities to track radar, forecast, and precipitation. You can also report your location’s weather to the app.
Dark Sky is free on Android and $4 on iOS, but you can upgrade to the premium version for $3 per year to get real-time forecasts, rain notifications, severe weather alerts, and other personalized notifications. as well as widgets for your home screen. with OS app and complications for your smart watch.
In March, Dark Sky was acquired by Apple. As such, the Android app will be shut down on July 1 and users will be refunded, according to Apple. Other privacy changes may also be made.
Carrot Weather approaches the weather report in a more fun and light way. The homepage has beautiful illustrations and an accurate welcome message. A beautiful day in March under the temperature, feels like having information on temperature, precipitation and wind, said: “It’s spring, meat bag! You can thank me for spending winter behind the tool shed later.” When I reopened the app, it said, “Ah, spring, that time of year when the weather finally gets nice again, but you always say inside to play video games.” You can change the app’s “personality” in the settings, to friendly, sneaky, murderous or exaggerated (including profanity), as well as its policy.
The app is relatively simple compared to some others: its home page gives you the current temperature, an hourly forecast and a weekly forecast. There is also a tab for weather alert notifications. There is also a built-in geography game that you can play. If you need a hint, you have to watch an ad.
Carrot Weather to download for free, or you can upgrade to Premium Club for $1 per month or $4 per year to remove ads, add widgets to your screen, and view weather reports from up to 70 years ago.
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